Life Sciences at Purdue University
The word 'graduation' comes to us from the Latin root, gradus, appropriately meaning 'step'. While most of us graduated long ago, steps are particularly important here at Purdue - evident if you take a walk by the front of Armstrong Hall where Neil's famous first steps for mankind are firmly planted for us to model. As we ease into the summer months and take a brief respite, let us take some time to measure our steps. Over the last year, the Life Science Institutes have made some notable advances: new core facilities (check out the open house for the Controlled Environment Phenotyping Facility this afternoon!), new hires, new resources, and new collaborations, are all actively enhancing our community. The renovation of the top two floors of the Hall for Discovery Learning are nearing completion, and we look forward to having a physical home (and a nice one at that!) for PIIN and PI4D this summer. We'll continue to move forward, in the coming year by steps, and perhaps some more aggressive leaps. In a communication earlier this week it was disclosed that for Purdue's 150th celebration, one of the Topics of emphasis is "Giant Leaps in Health, Longevity, and Quality of Life", a pursuit worthy of us all. As the 150th celebration begins to take place, we invite you to participate in the greater leaps Life Sciences will be taking to move Purdue forward. 
Purdue Institute for Drug Discovery

We are excited to announce our 5th Annual Drug Discovery Symposium will be held on Friday, September 28th.  Please save the date and watch for more detailed information coming soon. Additionally, PIDD's 2nd HTS facility RFA can be downloaded here.  Applications for this $15,000 facility credit are due by 5:00 p.m. TODAY April 27, 2018 to Karson Putt at  

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Purdue Institute of Inflammation, Immunology and Infectious Disease

Dear friends of PI4D, as we wrap up the semester, I am reminded that summer is just around the corner.  This year, PI4D has been working diligently to forge connections with organizations to establish undergraduate internship opportunities.  If such an opportunity exists in your laboratory, please contact Tommy Sors ( and let him know about it. We want to maximize exposure of those opportunities for our young investigators and help them continue to develop their skills while contributing to your programs.  Wishing you a great end to your semester and much success for your summer plans.

Sincerely, Richard Kuhn

Recent News:
  • William Watson: Recipient of 2018 Award for Excellence in Digital Education
  • Donna Fekete and Richard Kuhn: Zika present hot spots in brains of chicken embryos
  • Young Kim: Far-red fluorescent silk can kill harmful bacteria as biomedical and environmental remedy
  • Riyi Shi: 'Key factor' in development of Parkinson's disease identified
  • Disease Diagnostic INventors Challenge – June 28th – June 29th; PI4D seeks to catalyze the development of novel disease detection technologies through a competitive application process that incentivizes the formation of multidisciplinary teams of clinicians, life scientists, engineers and analytical chemists. Team Building Day event on June 28th and the Proposers Competition Day event on June 29th. The Team Building Day set of events will highlight investigators’ expertise and laboratory capabilities that are available to address clinical needs presented by medical and veterinarian experts.  Assembled teams will have the opportunity to propose their technology idea to a panel of judges at the Proposers Day Event (06/29).  Team presentations will be ranked and winners will be selected on the same day. Check the website for registration information. 
  • Cedric D’Hue, a local patent attorney with a doctorate in Chemistry from Purdue, hosted a “Coffee with Cedric” in LILY hall for students, staff and faculty on April 10th.  Dr. D’Hue interacted with several PI4D members in conversation, fielding questions about the patent law as a career choice and for protection of intellectual property.  The event was well received and we are planning to hold another one on May 17th at 3pm in Watson’s Crick (LILY 1125)
Purdue Institute for Integrative Neuroscience

We are pleased to invite the entire neuroscience community to attend a research seminar by Stefan Herlitze (Ruhr University Bochum, Germany) on May 2, 9:00 am in MJIS 1001. Dr. Herlitze leads a group developing novel tools for exploring neural circuitry.  His seminar is entitled "Understanding and optogenetic control of signaling pathways involved in P/Q-type channel and serotonin receptor mediated diseases". Additionally, the PIIN-sponsored Special Lectures in Neuroscience Series continues with a final seminar on May 3 by Dr. Torsten Dau (Technical University of Denmark) on the topic of “From data-driven auditory profiling to scene-aware signal processing in hearing aids”.  Please RSVP here if you plan to attend. Finally, as part of our outreach initiatives, PIIN participated in Spring Fest and hosted two hands-on neuroscience
A looking at chick
activities. In this photo, a young girl examines a chicken embryo.  

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Purdue University Center for Cancer Research

The Purdue University Center for Cancer Research (PCCR) was established as an NCI basic science cancer center in 1978. As such, the PCCR’s mission focuses on basic discovery - discovery that is the foundation through which the PCCR fosters innovative cancer solutions. Your membership and contributions are key to fighting the cancer problem!  Please find updates below and you can always reference information on our website

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Recent News:
  • New test could tell doctors whether patients will respond to chemotherapy
  • Cancer Center Member, Henry Chang, was  Murphy Award Winner
  • Advancing Patient Care Through Focused Innovation 
“A second area of focus is a renewed commitment to basic science. It’s akin to the preparation referred to in a quote I like that is often attributed to Abraham Lincoln: “Give me 6 hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first 4 sharpening my axe.” I believe we must sharpen our axes and maintain a committed focus on fundamental science, because it is the foundation upon which every other kind of cancer research is built.” – Ned Sharpless, NCI Director

Upcoming Events: Up next in the Cancer Center Seminar Series

May 3 - Michele Forman, Ph.D., Professor & Department Head Department of Nutrition Sciences, Purdue University, will be giving a talk titled "Perils and potential pathways to cancer prevention" at 11:30 AM in the DRUG Discovery Conference Room

Link to Calendars for Seminar, Internal and External Funding Opportunities and Events
Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering

Congratulations goes to several graduate students working with the Regenstrief Center for winning the following awards:
  • Michelle Vilsbal Onufrak, Biomedical Engineering, won the College of Engineering Outstanding Graduate Student Research Award for Biomedical Engineering and the Distinguished Scholar Award from the Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate Program
  • Rhoann Kerh, Industrial Engineering, First Place for the Global Good Award given at the I2D Expo at Purdue University
  • Kang-Yu Hsu, Industrial Engineering, Second Place in Prevention and Wellness was awarded at the “Health and Disease: Science, Technology, Culture and Policy” graduate student competition.

The Regenstrief Center had a great turnout for the 2018 REMEDI Pump Collaborative Conference held in the Big 10 Conference Center in Chicago on April 18 - 20, 2018.  It was the largest attended conference with over 80 participants and 20 speakers.  Thanks goes to Rich Zink, Managing Director, REMEDI Operations.

RCHE’s Purdue Health Advisors (PHA) launched PHA Direct, a platform to help healthcare professionals obtain certifications in lean process improvement and develop advanced people-skills in team facilitation, change making, leadership, and other areas through instruction, coaching, and community building. ‚Äč

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